Ryan Cayabyab. Photo: Handout
MANILA - Acclaimed composer Ryan Cayabyab shared his "selfless wish" as he celebrates his 60th birthday on Sunday.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com during the press conference for his birthday concert titled "The Music of Ryan Cayabyab," the country's maestro said he hopes that more talented Filipino musicians will be recognized across the globe.
"Ang wish ko ay the next generation, 'yung susunod sa amin na generation will place the Philippines in the world music map," he said.
Cayabyab noted that the Philippines is already known for world-class performers who take on popular roles in musicals and films or sing other people's songs, but not so much for artists with their own brand of music.
"Kasi right now as a performer, merong dalawang side ng music, performance and creative. Sa performance, ang masasabi natin na nandoon sina Lea Salonga, apl.de.ap, in a way sina Charice, Arnel Pineda and the rest... 'yung mga nag-Kim, 'yung nag-Gigi sa Broadway, medyo nakilala na sila, mga Filipinos 'yun.
"Pero 'yung creative, I'm talking about songs or music composed by Filipinos, nagwi-wish tayo na hopefully the next generation will be able to put our country in the world music map. So isang wish 'yan na hopefully in the future ay masasabi natin na 'yan, 'yung grupo na 'yan from the Philippines, sila ang magpapasikat sa atin," he added.
He further explained: "Ang wish ko is even, like, create The Beatles from England, kung may magagawa tayong ganoon. Or ABBA from Sweden. Hindi dahil sa sikat sila kung hindi dahil sa naka-contribute ang music nila sa ekonomiya ng bansa nila. Can you imagine the group like ABBA, ang laki ng kinontribute nila sa bansang Sweden noong panahon ng kasikatan nila?"
Cayabyab went on to stress the importance of the role of government in promoting Filipino music, art and culture.
"Ang musika, ang culture or arts ay pwedeng mag-contribute ng malaking pera sa ating bansa. Kung alam lang natin kung paano," he said.
"The Music of Ryan Cayabyab" will be held this Saturday, May 3, at CCP's Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
Aside from his upcoming concert, Cayabyab is also busy with his music advocacy via the Elements Songwriting Camp in Dumaguete, where he holds workshops.